Why Maintaining Your Website is a Must

Why Maintaining Your Website is a Must

As a business owner, you’ve got to wear many hats in the course of a day. You might be a salesperson one minute and a human resources manager the next. It’s a lot to do. And, when it comes to add items to your to-do list, you might do everything you can to minimize what you take on. Your time’s limited – and valuable – and there are only so many hours in a day. Website maintenance is the perfect example. It might seem unnecessary – and you might wonder…

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The Foolproof Way to Get Around Facebook’s Page Algorithm

The Foolproof Way to Get Around Facebook’s Page Algorithm

In February of 2018, Facebook announced plans to prioritize personal content and de-prioritize content from pages. That means that if you’ve got a Facebook page for your local business, your content is only being seen by a very small percentage of your followers unless you pay to promote it. Nothing to be done, right? It’s one of those things that you can’t control… or is it? It turns out there’s a super-easy (and FREE) way to connect with both existing and potential customers on Facebook without paying to promote your…

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Protecting Your Website Against Hackers – What you need to know!

Protecting Your Website Against Hackers

If you’re paying attention, you know that cybercrime is no joke. In 2015, cybercrime cost $3 trillion annually, and projections indicate that number will double by 2021. Yikes. The real question is, what are you doing to protect yourself? A lot of local business owners do the bare minimum and tell themselves it’s enough. I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s not enough. If all you’re doing is updating your anti-virus software and filtering out spam, you’re still vulnerable. Scared? You should be. But that doesn’t mean you…

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How to Turn Your Website Into a 24/7 Sales Machine!

How to Turn Your Website Into a 24/7 Sales Machine

Having a great-looking website that represents your company is enough to keep your business healthy and growing – right? If only it were that simple. The sad truth is that most local businesses aren’t doing everything they can to generate leads online. And, it all starts with their websites, which – let’s face it – aren’t getting the job done. In fact, I’ll take it a step further. If you’re not opening your inbox to find new leads from your website every day, you might as well not have a…

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Local SEO VS National SEO Explained

Local SEO VS National SEO Explained

You’ve got your SEO all figured out, right? Well… maybe. Perhaps you’ve done a ton of research to find great keywords. Maybe you’ve got terrific, engaging content. You’ve optimized your links and tags. Guess what? If your business is local and you haven’t focused on local SEO, then the chances are good that you’re falling behind your competitors without realizing it. All SEO is not created equal. National SEO – which focuses non-location based keywords – is useful for big corporations. But for small businesses, local SEO is where it’s…

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Create Killer Content without Writing a Word Yourself by taking part in a Content Collaboration

Create Killer Content without Writing a Word Yourself

The title of this article pretty much steals my opening line: What if you could create better content with less work? If you’re screaming, “Sign me up!” then you’re not alone. Content creation is a lot of work. It takes time, expertise, and attention to detail. And let’s face it: sometimes we have ideas for content but lack the expertise to execute them. Nobody’s good at everything, right? The solution is – drum roll, please – NOT DOING EVERYTHING YOURSELF. I’m talking here about content collaboration. Maybe you’ve never collaborated…

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Capture More Email Leads with These 5 Sure Fire Strategies

Capture More Email Leads with These 5 Sure Fire Strategies

Email marketing is old school. Sort of like the kind of corded phone that hangs on your kitchen wall or a dial-up modem. If that’s your thinking, then you are missing out on a crucial opportunity to connect with potential leads and turn them into loyal customers. Really. Email marketing might not be new, and it might not be the latest and greatest thing. But that doesn’t mean that you can afford to ignore it. And if it’s been a while since you revamped your email marketing strategies, it’s time…

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AdWords is D-D-Dying… Say Hello Google Local Services!

AdWords is D-D-Dying

I’m sorry that I have to break it to you but… AdWords is dying . Well, I’m not that sorry. I’m eager to tell youbecause Google Local Service Adsare a better option for local businesses than AdWords ever was. Why? Because AdWords was an advertising tool that could be adapted for local businesses – with the right local keywords, it’s been possible to get to the top of Google’s SERP. But it was never intended specifically for local service based business. That’s not the case with Google Local Service Ads.…

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Why You Should be Doing SMS Marketing Right Now

Why You Should be Doing SMS Marketing Right Now

What does your marketing mix include? If you’re like most local businesses, you’re probably doing a mix of online and offline marketing. You might be engaging with customers on social media, hosting local events, blogging, and advertising in the local paper. Perhaps you’ve even targeted mobile customers by using Facebook’s “Call Now” button on your ads. But guess what? There’s one thing that you’re probably not doing that could help you connect with customers when they’re most likely to stop by your business. And you might not even have considered…

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How Much Are Your Customers Worth? (Hint: It’s More Than You Think)

How Much Are Your Customers Worth

You’ve got to spend money to make money. That’s they say, right? And yet, for some small business owners, a generous marketing budget just isn’t in the cards. You can skimp on marketing, but I’m willing to bet you haven’t considered something that you should be thinking about… And that’s the lifetime value of each loyal customer you attract with your marketing campaigns. You know that it costs more to attract a new customer than it does to retain an existing one – but how much can you really afford…

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